Forest Park Boulevard is coming back to life.
The opening of Tommys Hamburger Grill & Patio this week restored an anchor restaurant.
When Sera Dining & Wine opens in coming days, Park Hills restaurant row will be back.
Since 1955, the corner near the Fort Worth Zoo has been home of some of Fort Worths favorite restaurants: the House of Mole, Le Chardonnay, City Park Cafe and Sapristi.
Macalusos launched the latest comeback, when the former owners of reliable Fortuna moved in to replace Gradys.
Tommys, replacing Ruffinos Italian restaurant, opens on the south side for the first time after 30 years of west side success.
This corner was dead, and now its all revitalized, said Tommys owner Kelly Smith.
She brightened up the space and added a mural for her newest grill, known as much for fried catfish, grilled chicken and a turkey Reuben as for the legacy burgers.
This is a great neighborhood for restaurants, she said. It feels like family here. Were a perfect fit.
Tommys will be a stopover on the way to or from TCU events but out of the heavy traffic and will help fill a need Sundays when neighborhood favorite Old Neighborhood Grill is closed.
Theres competition from Dutchs Hamburgers and a coming Freds Texas Cafe-TCU on the Bluebonnet Circle, but Smith says Tommys has its place.
Theyre more about the college crowd and were more family [-oriented], she said.
Tommys is open for lunch and dinner daily; 2455 Forest Park Blvd., 817-920-1776, tommyshamburgergrill.com (not updated).
Sera Dining & Wine will open by October, but the menu can be found at www.facebook.com/SeraFW.
Chef Brandon Hudson leads his first menu with rabbit confit, a flatiron steak, fish or slow-cooked cochinillo pork. The small-plate adventures include roasted cauliflower or lamb sweetbreads.
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Also open this week: Trevinos Comida Mexicana, the tiny new Montgomery Street restaurant with an ambitious menu by former managers from Dallas old-school Casa Dominguez.
Best so far: $4.95 and $5.95 lunches, a welcome affordable option in the Cultural District.
Its basic Tex-Mex, with lots of choices; open daily for lunch and dinner, weekends at 9 a.m. for breakfast at 1812 Montgomery St., across from the National Cowgirl Museum, 817-731-8226, ltrevinos.com.
(Love the sign out front: This Is Not Our First Rodeo.)